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7 Ways You Are Actually Making Your Acne Worse

There are some terms that people in general dread, irrespective of age and gender, when it comes to matters of the skin. Of them, one is pimple, another is zit, and another is definitely acne. Before we launch into a discussion on how acne is basically the worst thing ever, it is important to understand what the thing actually is. Our skin has a lot of glands in it, which release oil, whose only duty is to cleanse the skin of impurities from time to time. This comes out through the pores in our skin. However, if you have acne prone skin, it means that the pores have been blocked by impurities, and the oil keeps accumulating, leading to the outbreak of acne. 

There are a million cures and measures that you can adopt in order to get rid of these painful pus-filled pimples on your face. However, you might not have known that even before you get acne, you keep doing certain things which guarantee such outbreaks.

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Here are 7 things that you do which makes your acne 10 times worse.

1. Touching your face too often

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Acne will take eons to go away if you are constantly touching your face. It will leave a scar when it finally does. The chance of getting infection will increase manifold too. This is because your hands have dirt and oil, the two things that your face does not need if you have acne prone skin.

2. Using too many skin products

In order to get rid of your acne, you may start to include all possible products as a part of your skin care routine, and try them out one at a time praying that one of them works and you wake up looking like a supermodel the next day. I hate to be the party-pooper, but that is not how it works. All these products contain chemicals in different proportions, no matter how ‘natural’ they claim to be, and if these chemicals react together, they simply aggravate your acne.

3. Going to sleep without removing makeup

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What makes acne worse is not removing your makeup before going to sleep, which is simply a sign that you are supremely lazy. If you don’t remove your makeup, your facial pores get blocked up, and the oil gets accumulated and, voila, acne.

4. Not changing pillow covers and towels

You should know that your skin is always shedding dead skin cells, and the most common places where such dead skin cells are found, are on your pillow where you sleep, and on your towel, where you wipe your face, and other parts of the body. If you don’t clean or change them regularly, then these cells can get back on your face, increasing the chances of skin infection and acne.

5. Washing your face all the time

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What could possibly be wrong with washing? I mean, water is good, right? Well, not in this case, because too much washing can make your skin excessively dry, which means that your oil glands will become hyperactive, leading to excessive production and secretion of oil. There could only be one conclusion to this tragic story – acne.

6. Fidgeting with your existing pimples

I know pimples are the worst thing ever, and they are unsightly, and they are irritating. However, if you poke and prod them, they will simple get more aggravated. Ideally, you should leave them alone till they pop by themselves. However, if you are terribly impatient, then you can use a sterile needle to pop them and then drain the pus. It is gross, but effective and it doesn’t scar either.

7. Over-exposure to the sun

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Old people tend to say that the sun is great for your acne because it dries them out. The truth is, the heat and the humidity make the oil glands extra active, which possibly makes them worse. No matter how bad you think sunscreen is, if you go out without it, you can expect your acne to get worse.

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Getting acne-free, glowing skin is not as difficult as you would think it would be, if you could just take some preventive measures, instead of curative ones!

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7 Ways You're Making Your Acne Prone Skin Worse
Do you have acne prone skin? If so, you might be guilty of making one or more of these mistakes, making your condition worse.
Aishani Laha

Aishani Laha

Bibliophile. Feminist. Unreasonable optimist. I am dangerously obsessed with the English language and the stage is my second home. I still believe in fairy tales and happy endings, and more importantly, that there is nothing that good music and a cup of coffee can’t fix.